Nokia X marks the spot in Malaysia for RM399

Nokia’s first foray into the Android universe comes in four colours and will be available from next week

After speculations, leaks and unofficial reports on the net, the Nokia X family is finally here on Malaysian shores.

What makes this phone different than other Android phones? We have covered it before here but in a nutshell this is an Android phone … that is not an Android phone.

Say what? Let us explain - instead of running stock Android, the Nokia X uses a derivative based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). So say bye-bye to YouTube and Gmail as they aren't installed natively in the phone.

Nokia's Android

What you get instead is a Windows Phone-esque launcher and also connections to Microsoft’s service such as Skype and OneDrive. Get the Nokia X, and you'll also enjoy the whole Here turn-by-turn navigation suite (Maps and Drive), absolutely free.

The Nokia X Family

The phone is an amalgam of the Lumia and Asha line, and from what Nokia has shared with us, sits in between those two platforms. They say that the X is aimed for first time smartphone users, with the eventual lead-in to the Windows Phone platform used in the Lumia series.

The 64 million ringgit question is – how much is the phone? Get ready to be blown away - the Nokia X is priced at RM399, available in four different colours – Bright Green, Bright Red, Black and White. As another kicker, the phone will be available starting next week.

When asked, the other phones in the X family (X+ and XL) will be available later this year, launch date and pricing are still unknown.

At the same event, Nokia Malaysia also announced a collaboration with instant messaging app Line, revealing a Nokiamy channel on the Line social network chat platform. 50 Nokia X units will be given away to lucky subscribers of the channel, which is accessible starting from now.

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